Thursday, September 29, 2011

For my PSixers


As with previous years, my tutees will just camp out at my place for half a day during the PSLE days.
Since their parents are working and they have no remedial lessons in school, they come to my place to do last minute revision with my guidance and supervision.
I am very fortunate because their parents are all very sweet too.




A parent has been sponsoring food the past 2 days.
Mdm Ifa, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Ms Idayu, thank you for driving one of my tutees home. Not only did he save money on his EZ link card... Because of you, his energy was reserved for the next day's paper.
Mdm Maria, thank you for supporting my 'clothing line.' Hehehe!
Mdm Shireen, I thank you for the wonderful T&C gift. ;)

Anyway, the New Paper New Face Contestants' Profile arrived yesterday.
During their break, for the fun of it, I actually asked my tutees' opinions. Haha! Kids are very honest so I just want to hear their comments.
My mentel girls were more than pleased to give their opinions.
The boys got super shy and looked away...BUT I caught them looking at the babes! Cheh!
All 20 girls are too stunning to be missed...right boys?!
*ROLLS EYES*


Here, I would like to express my gratitude to my niece, Shofiyah.
She is my 'super-sub' tutor for the 2nd year running.
Usually after the prelims, I will have a few at-risk tutees and like a super tutor, Shofi will step in to help these children by giving extra lessons.
I appreciate this very much Shof. Mwaaah.



As I waved goodbye to my Primary Sixers today, I felt sad. :(
A few of the girls cried when they kissed my hand.
My eyes were brimming with tears too when I asked them for forgiveness for the times I made them feel small. (because I know they can do better.)
Flashback of me screaming at them.... counselling them....consoling them.....laughing at/with them.

As I look at my study table which is filled with stacks of Primary 6 exam papers and assessment books, I felt relieved that my work is done.
However at the same time, I felt sad that it is over.
My home suddenly feels like an empty playground.
This year's Primary 6 batch is just an awesome bunch.
They may be weak academically but they are definitely very hardworking.

I came across my buddy, Nurul's Facebook Status Update. She is a teacher I admire very much too. Very loving...very patient. Her pupils adore her very much.

Here goes:
Like a mother bird, I let my pupils fly free at 1 p.m. today. Have prepared them to fly since last year. It is time to let go.
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WAILS! :( So touching one.

Tomorrow is the subject my kids fear most: Mathematics.

In my personal opinion, Singapore really needs to change her education system.
I feel it is vicious on these lower ability children.
Get a 'U grade for 1 subject..that's it....wear back your primary school uniform and REPEAT.
12 year olds should never be made to feel this kind of stress.... and embarrassment man.
Furthermore I have taught Secondary 1 Normal Technical before and the stuff that they learn are more or less the same as Primary 6's syllabus anyway.
So might as well promote all of them to secondary school.
Sigh...I can go on and on but yeah, doubt this say of mine gonna make a difference anyway.

Having taught these unpolished gems, I really believe that results is not everything.
To me, positive attitude goes a long way and I am very proud of each and everyone of them for trying their very best to just keep improving in their subjects.



My Daily 10 kids.... My tutees: Fatini, Heong Luck, Shairah, Hirfan, Rusyaidi, Aedil, Adrianna, Nirrahim, Haziq, Irdina, Airah, Irfan, Khizryn, Azzim, Aliff, Hanis, Jonathan, Naufal, Putri, Jamilah, Rushaidi and Liza.

LETS ROCK THE MATHS PAPER TOMORROW YOU ALL!
I LOVE ALL OF YOU LOADS!
I dedicate this song to each and every one of you. :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

FRINGE PONCHOS

Yesterday was a very busy day for me. In fact today as well.
PSLE this Thursday so tuition sessions the past few weeks were pretty intensive and frequent.

Then, I thought of my mom and imagined her working diligently behind the sewing machine producing all the lovely togas and ponchos.
And here I am complaining that I am suffering from 'Imsobusy-itis'. Cheh.

Anyway, what makes my mom very happy is when she sees anybody wear her creations.


Mom: Photoshoot nanti jadi tak? (Later photoshoot how?)
Me: Jadi. Lepas tuition, nanti Kin pegi. (On. I'll go after tuition.)
Mom: Kalau tak penat, datang rumah mak okay. Mak nak tengok gambar. (If not tired, come to my house ok. I want to see the pics.)
Me: Okay.
Mom: Nyla macam mana? (Then, Nyla how?)
Me: I bring her along aje la.
Mom: Kesian budak tu. Nanti, mak and bapak amik dia la. Bawak dia keluar. (Poor thing. I'll fetch her later with Dad. We will bring her out.)

Mom, I am very indebted to you.

The moment I publish this entry, I'll sms my brother the usual:
"Jam, open my blog and show mom."



Whenever I have a photoshoot, Tina (Yes, the MAKE UP GURU!) would be the artistic director.
This woman is so creative its scary.
The ideas she come up with. So hyper. Like a fireball.




We bumped into Tina's friend who is also a make up artiste! Just like me, a former teacher as well. Cool stuff. Apparently, we studied at NIE together around the same time. Cooler stuff. And the coolest stuff? The make up on Irina's face? It's her work! Do view Nora Zee's portfolio over at http://facebook.com/noraziana.md

My photographer brudders.
Special mention to Azhar...Franco and Jali!
You want a fun bunch to capture your moments, please contact the chief: Jaliboy
Just send a private message over at Facebook.




Thanks to Tina, we had a Russian model, Irina with us yesterday.
Even Nyla was enthralled by her beauty: "Wah mommy. She is so pretty. You lose."
Mr E laughed when he heard this. Thanks hubs. You're the best.

My ladies, my mom has done her magic once again.
Here are the FRINGE PONCHOS.
There is only 1 piece available for each colour and I doubt we will be taking repeated orders for this edition.
100% Rayon. Fits S to L. $50 only.
Enjoy darlings.


I try very much to include Nyla whenever and wherever possible so here's her input!



ANGRY BIRD RED

SMURFS BLUE

JUSTIN BIEBER PURPLE

FINDING NEMO ORANGE

HELLO KITTY PINK

BLOSSOMS PINK

TWEETY BIRD YELLOW

PETER PAN GREEN

KUNG FU PANDA WHITE
Italic
TOOTHLESS BLACK


Nyla: Mommy, when I grow up, I'll be a blogger okay.
Me: Like me?
Nyla: No la. You will be old whaaattt. So you will sew clothes. I'll sell.

Right.
I don't know whether I'll be as good as your Tok Mommy babe.

Anyway my lovely ladies, see you at my mailbox k. :)
nuraesman@gmail.com

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Everythin' Indon!

To 3 very young and dynamic entrepreneurs who own a travel agency, LOMBOK is a hidden gem.
My family was very fortunate to be able to visit "Indonesia's best kept secret" last weekend.
I uploaded these 3 pictures while we were there.



More pictures and entry on Lombok will be scheduled to be published next week. *Must wait for the bosses' green light first* so do stay tuned.
To the 3 of you, thank you for everything from the 3 of us.

Okay, it sure feels great to be back too!
Back to work time for Mr E and myself. And for Nyla, back to school girl!



Last Saturday, "PRINTED PONCHOS" made its debut in the form of polka dots!


My mini me also decided that she too must wear something polka dotty!

Polka dots are really stylish and classic, definitely a timeless design.
I have 2 types.

(LEFT) Vanilla background with small dots. (Lycra) - Yes, you may request for a mini or maxi TOGA too with this material!
(RIGHT) Black background with white dots. (Material is sheer/Chiffon)

If you're interested, do email me at nuraesman@gmail.com okay ladies. :)

AND LOOK WHO IS THE LATEST PERSON TO BE PONCHO-FIED?!
Our Bibik Juma (and kepo Nyla) in THE EXCLUZIF PRINTED PONCHOS *BATIK EDITION*
Very the Jawo I know!



And nopez, that poncho Nyla is wearing ain't hers.
My mom sewed that piece for Juma's daughter whose birthday just passed.
Juma will be mailing it today.
So darling Yola over at Desa Kerso Harjo, check your mailbox baby girl! Your present is on the way!

Monday, September 12, 2011

TWELVE NEW Excluzif Ponchos!

As promised, here are the new Excluzif Ponchos babes.
Other than the colours, I will also be including the models' contact information ya. :)

KIWI

Lily Adali (http://facebook.com/lily.adali) is Tina's Trasformazione partner.
Like Tina, she is a make up artist and photographer. She is gerek.

BAMBI BROWN



LION KING YELLOW

Just like most of these girls, Amina is passionate about modelling.
http://facebook.com/amina.e.saaid

PISTACHIO NUT GREEN
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SUN ORANGE


Looking absolutely sweet is Atika!
http://facebook.com/attica.san

SALMON PEACH


Also very comfortable in front of the camera is Nina Rowena. :)
http://facebook.com/rozena.beevee

BARNEY PURPLE


This vogue babe, Rin has got miles of legs.
http://facebook.com/aydenrin

ORCHID PURPLE




ELEPHANT GREY


Type vieny_ho@hotmail.com at facebook and add her if you are interested in her to model for your blogshop.

RIBENA PURPLE


If any of you need a plus sized model, do consider Norra. The camera loves her! http://facebook.com/NicoleMohd

HOT DOG MUSTARD YELLOW


An experienced model, this very young and wacky lass, Nadzyrah is truly a natural!
Her facebook name is "Nadzyrah Pillow"

SPLIT ICE CREAM


Another pretty face, Hajar Goh! Yes, 1 of FEMALE's 50 gorgeous people last year.
http://facebook.com/hajargoh

Okay babesies, that's about it.

Each piece of The Excluzif Ponchos is $55.
Don't need to worry about whether or not it'd fit you.
It's free size! Ready stock is available and I can get these ponchos mailed out as early as tomorrow so yeah, the moment you like a colour, email me straightaway!
See you at nuraesman@gmail.com
Hughugs.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

THE EXCLUZIF PONCHOS SHOOTOUT!

My sew terrific mother is now back at work after a month long leave during Ramadhan.
We have 12 new colours! SAY WHAT???!!!

Nyla and Norra!

As usual, my other creative partner also joined forces.
She calls herself the namer.
She has done a wonderful job with naming The Excluzif Toga dresses and with The Excluzif Ponchos, she continues to do so!

These babes in the picture below....
They come in all sizes.......from all walks of life... all ages (youngest being 6 years old ;p)



By doing this photoshoot, I have a message:
ANYONE can rock the poncho.

Whether you are skinny....gemok gedempulz (remember big is beautiful!)....friggin tall......katek (like me)......

and the best part is you can STYLE them in ANYWAY you want.

If you is the feeling-feeling Pocahontas like Nadzyrah....


Or like Amina, you are wearing the hijab.....


If you are a rock chick... Wa caya sama lu la Lily!


If you wanna go party and look uber hot like Rin Stimming Jane!



Anyway, let me now express my gratitude to the people involved.

TINA
, my sista, reason why I was unusually quiet the whole time is because I was so touched to see so many girls having such a great time posing...wearing the ponchos handsewn by my talented mom. Thank you loads for making this dream photoshoot come true.
You're simply amazing babe. You're a GENIUS!


My 9 beautiful models : NORRA, NINA ROWENA, ATIKAH *ATTICA LAUTNER*, VIENY HO, RIN *STIMMING JANE*, HAJAR, AMINA, NADZYRAH AND LILY....
Thank you for waking up early on a Sunday morning. (In fact, Lily didn't sleep the whole night! Bet she is snoring now.) Your enthusiastic dedication to this 'poncho project shootout' is greatly appreciated. THANK YOU LOADS for all the fun babesies!

To all the photographers (who are also our directors!)involved: TINA (Yes! This woman really can do anything one.)AZHARRUDIN, JALI & FRANCO MENDEZ.... thank you for your patience amidst the giggles and all! Most of all, thank you for making each and every one of us girls feel so pretty.

Eg:
JALI: Ok ...stand against the wall and smile at the camera..
CLICK!
JALI: AH CHANTEK! BEAUTIFUL!

After every click, sure got compliment one. :)

The new Excluzif Ponchos will be on sale soon ladies. Watch this space ya. Mwaaah.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Raya Round 3

And, we're done!
Yesterday was the final raya outing.
Nyla and I wore very simple baju kurungs.


In fact the white baju kurung tops are actually Malaysia's school uniform.
Haha! I ain't kidding. Very cheap too. I got it quite a long time ago at a departmental store.
Actually anywhere in JB also have la, especially when the new school term is about to begin. :)

As you can see, Nyla didn't bring her handbag along because 'got pocket la mommy!'
She actually converted a hairband into a tiara.
Me: Nyla, dont' you think you look ridiculous?
Nyla: No. You're the ridiculous one. Nice what.
-____-


And Mr E being the typical bapak bapak.."Biarkan la...."

From head (the hairband) to toes (the slippers!!!) all her idea.
Wanted her to wear her heels, she said,'Not matching!'
But judging by this confident pose, I'm pretty impressed!
Hidop mesti konfiden beb!

Alhamdullilah, Rooqy was fit to join us.

So happy to have the whole J family together-gether.


Now that I am married, I definitely treasure my Raya moments more with my 2 brothers.



Suffered a terrible migraine towards the end. How not to la? Every house we went, there was a buffet spread. I am sure the migraine was due to overeating.

Yeap, after this picture, home sweet home it was for us.
All panchet already.
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